One of the most influential bands of their generation continue to inspire with 9th album showcasing the depth of band founder Jay Farrar’s intelligent songwriting as he stretches out on the thirteen songs by confronting our current political climate with keen observations and pointed commentary. 

Farrar channels folk music’s enduring legacy of the troubadour here “There are so many forces driving our country apart,” he lyricises “What can we do to bring our society back together?” A defining and revered figure in the world of roots rock, Farrar’s songwriting and distinctive vocals helped launch, via his band Uncle Tupelo, the alt country movement of the 1990’s that was the precursor to what is now widely referred to as Americana. Initially intended to be an entirely political statement, Union morphed into a combination of politically inspired material balanced by a cluster of new songs reflecting the power of love, time and music which sustains us. ‘While Rome Burns’ emphasizes finding unity during times of turmoil while an album highlight, ‘Devil May Care’, offers the distraction we need, an effusive tribute to the fun of making and playing music.